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Most of us like lists: “The 100 Greatest Novels of the Twentieth Century,” “The Ten Best Movies of All Time,”…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:31

Ma Nature doesn’t see things the way we do

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The red-cockaded woodpecker (RCWO) is a small – cardinal-sized – woodpecker native to eastern pine forests. It once ranged from…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:25

Forest Service evaluates potential wilderness areas

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The cadre of groups helping the U.S. Forest Service work toward a new management plan for the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 15:12

Locals succeed in Lake Logan races

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Nearly 1,000 athletes converged on Lake Logan this month, pushing for a finish in challenging half-ironman and triathlon competitions at…
Waynesville’s new town manager won’t take the helm until Aug. 22, but The Smoky Mountain News was recently able to speak at length with Rob Hites, 64, to learn more about who he is, where he’s been, and what he…
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:52

The ‘man’ behind the ‘manager’

When hiring a new employee in any profession, the focus is first and foremost on professional qualifications, as it obviously should be. 
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:50

Fly fishing museum moves to Bryson City

Just one year after setting up shop in Cherokee, the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians will be moving to Bryson City. 
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:48

Board brings early end to MSD exodus

Sharon and James Earley had sought unsuccessfully for almost two years to have their property removed from Waynesville’s downtown taxing district, until a recently passed law gave them new hope that their wish would finally be granted. 
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 14:45

TVA meets with Alarka houseboat owners

Following a May 5 decision by the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors to ban all houseboats on Fontana Lake after 30 years, TVA promised to spend the next six months talking to stakeholders in an effort to mitigate the…
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:55

Boost in N.C. arts funding

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The new budget signed by Gov. Pat McCrory will allow the North Carolina Arts Council to support an extensive arts…
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:46

This must be the place

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It took me a couple seconds to realize where I was.
Turning onto 2nd Street from the hectic U.S. 19/74 highway, you find yourself cruising through downtown Andrews. It’s Saturday afternoon,…
Friday, 12 August 2016 20:14

Canton welcomes first brewery

After operating in Waynesville for the past four years, BearWaters Brewing will be making a big move to downtown Canton.
When the back-to-back national political conventions finally ended, it was like a benevolent deity had provided a merciful pardon, finally…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:34

There is something special in the slow unknown

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We made our first trip to Edisto Beach 10 years ago and almost immediately, we wondered what we had gotten…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:34

Why is Mark Meadows ducking WNC women?

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To the Editor: Chapters of the League of Women Voters in Henderson County and Macon County recently invited the congressional…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:33

Time to take a look at independent candidates

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To the Editor: A friend recently asked me if I could give her a short answer to a question and…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:32

Open carry gun laws make us less safe

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To the Editor: I encountered a customer openly carrying a pistol at a local business. I inquired as to the legality…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:31

Trump not perfect, but he’ll do us good

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To the Editor: Most papers lean to the left a little and some a lot. I believe your newspaper is…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:30

Thanks for supporting law enforcement

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To the Editor: This is a letter of appreciation to the people that live in Haywood County as well as…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:28

Not a lot known about Bryson City’s namesake

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Two well known sites in Swain County were named for Col. Thaddeus Dillard Bryson, a significant figure in Western North…
For the past decade, Sylva’s Pinnacle Park has had Sae Smyrl envisioning a lofty future for the hiking area. A…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:59

Species mapper unveiled in the Smokies

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Anyone with an internet connection can now pull up a map showing where they might encounter any of 1,800 Smokies…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:41

The life of Harry Crews makes for depressing reading

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This may be the most depressing biography I have ever read. Although I frequently considered abandoning this painful trudge through…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:21

You can go your own way

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From the ashes comes the rebirth.  In all my travels as a journalist, and as a music lover, one of…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:19

This must be the place

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What are you afraid of?
The year was 1966; “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” was on the big screen, “Bonanza” was on the small screen, and an Irish guy from Philly had just arrived in Maggie Valley to open Joey’s Pancake House. SEE…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:53

The Book of Joe

Brenda O’Keefe has dozens, if not hundreds, of stories about the people who have passed through her life at Joey’s Pancake House since 1966.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:49

9-1-1 texting soon available in Haywood

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office will soon have full 9-1-1 text message capabilities.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:47

Maggie to begin charging trash fee

Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen adopted a budget in June that includes a new $5 solid waste fee for all households.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:46

Greenway use rising in Jackson County

The greenway in Jackson County has now been fully open for a month, and use is skyrocketing on the one-mile path along the Tuckasegee River in Cullowhee. From May to July, monthly use more than doubled to 5,485 visitors — that…
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:45

New manager arrives in Jackson

Jackson County’s new county manager is now on the job, and commissioners are looking forward to start working with him on goals and tasks for the years ahead.
For Tony Campolo, spending last week amid a gathering of senior citizens from across the Southeast was just about the most exciting thing imaginable. And that’s even taking into account that he views “exciting” as an overused word that’s best…
The town of Maggie Valley has been working on cleaning up the U.S. 19 corridor for more than a year, but it needs to beef up its enforcement ordinance to make further progress. 
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:34

Canton economy keeps on truckin’

The recent announcement of one business’s relocation plans in Canton may lead to other Asheville-area corporations — and residents — considering the town as a convenient, affordable alternative to living and working in Buncombe County.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:33

Model airplanes take to the sky for charity

The Macon Aero Modelers Club members are looking forward to showing off their flying skills to the public this weekend during their annual National Model Aviation Day.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:31

Franklin gets answers on new Ingles project

Many rumors were put to rest Monday night as Ingles Market representatives laid out the plan for its newest grocery store in Franklin.
A second decision made during last week’s Cherokee Tribal Council meeting could affect how council’s decision to order a third-party investigation into Principal Chief Patrick Lambert’s administration fares on veto. 
Some members of the Cherokee Tribal Council are saying that something’s amiss in how hire-fire decisions are being made in tribal government, and in a narrow decision the council voted to order a third-party investigation into those issues. 
Haywood County’s Central Elementary School has been declared “surplus” school board property and will be disposed of according to proper procedures. 
Some surprising statistics regarding drug testing in Haywood County schools have raised questions about the policy’s cost and effectiveness.
Even though Londa Bohl had the summer off from teaching in Swain County, she spent most of her vacation learning the ins and outs of telecommunication laws in North Carolina.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:51

Waynesville hires new town manager

After a seven-month search that included more than 40 candidates, the Waynesville Board of Aldermen selected former Pittsboro, Southport and Lumberton town manager Robert William Hites as Waynesville’s new town manager.
When Christopher Holt contacted me in March about a trip he was about to embark on to Cuba, I was…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:26

Keep life simple and family close

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I’ve always felt this in my gut, but I’ve learned with keen certainty lately that things we think matter actually…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:25

Ron Mau: the commissioner we need

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To the Editor: My dad, Ron Mau, is running for Jackson County Commissioner. I am voting for my dad because…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 16:17

A real can of DNA worms

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A new whole-genome (the entire genetic makeup) study published in Science Advances on July 27 is giving the already muddied…
The air on the Cataloochee Divide Trail is heavy with humidity and the promise of an afternoon storm, but the…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:58

Wildlife education offered in schools

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Mountain Wildlife Days, a weekend of wildlife-oriented fun, raised $2,600 this summer to go toward wildlife education programs in Western…
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:56

National Trails Day breaks records

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The numbers are in, and this year’s National Trails Day, organized at locations across the country by the American Hiking…